Editorial: Thumbs Up: A Victory for Coastal Access

October 07, 2017

Press Democrat Editorial Board

In 2008, Vinod Khosla, a venture capitalist and founder of Sun Microsystems, bought 89 acres of land south of Half Moon Bay that included a popular destination for surfers and sunbathers known as Martins Beach. The public had used the site for at least 70 years. But shortly after the sale, Khosla closed and locked the gate to the only road to the beach and made clear that the public was no longer welcome.

What ensued was a nine-year legal battle that pitted one man’s entrenched belief in his right to exclude people from his property with a long-standing public right to access coastal areas, as spelled out in the California Coastal Act.